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Samsung and Chillingo bring “100% Indie” gaming portal to battle NVIDIA

Samsung and Chillingo bring “100% Indie” gaming portal to battle NVIDIA

It would seem that Samsung is attempting to get in on the underground vibe with their newest team-up with the gaming group known as Chillingo in an effort they're calling "100% Indie." This portal will be a means for up-and-coming developers to reach mobile gamers with a big brand umbrella that pushes games through the Samsung Apps store for Android devices. In other words, this is an effort to get games in Samsung's own store, an effort that will also promote said games and, in turn, support the developers behind those games.

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SlashGear 101: How do I get an Apple AppStore.com vanity url?

SlashGear 101: How do I get an Apple AppStore.com vanity url?

Just yesterday the 2013 Super Bowl revealed the very first glimpse most of the world had at Apple's URL-shortening "AppStore.com" in the Star Trek Into Darkness teaser - and lucky you, you're already signed up! The AppStore.com structure is not one where there will be a massive "land grab" as often is the case with these sorts of things, instead Apple has opted for a more automatic sort of push, with URLs like http://appstore.com/slashgear being active automatically. That particular address will bring you straight to the iTunes App Store listing of the SlashGear app - easy as pie!

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AppStore.com vanity URLs teased during Star Trek teaser

AppStore.com vanity URLs teased during Star Trek teaser

We got to see a lot of funny and great commercials during the Super Bowl last night, including a short teaser for Star Trek: Into Darkness. However, at the end of the trailer, you'll notice that the link to the official app uses a new AppStore.com vanity URL, which is the first time we've seen such a thing in public.

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Tumblr makes iPhone app 17+ over porn potential

Tumblr makes iPhone app 17+ over porn potential

Microblogging service and teen-favorite Tumblr has quietly scaled up its iOS app age warning, giving the latest version a 17+ recommendation in what appears to be a preemptive defense against Apple's latest porn witch hunt. Tumblr for iOS was updated overnight to version 3.2.4 [iTunes link], but in addition to "small bug fixes" the refreshed app also demanded users confirm they are 17 or over.

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Six seconds of pleasure: Vine’s porn problem

Six seconds of pleasure: Vine’s porn problem

 

Twitter's new video clip sharing service, Vine, is already prompting controversy with a proliferation of pornography, potentially putting the new social network at risk from more prurient app store masters. Launched last week as a way to easily create and share brief, looping video clips, Vine has unsurprisingly been quickly adopted by users distributing snippets of sex, either DIY or pieced together from commercial releases.

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Apple pulls 500px apps due to nude photo search and pornography allegations

Apple pulls 500px apps due to nude photo search and pornography allegations

Apple has stricken 500px's apps from the App Store because it facilitates nude image searches. The move is reported to have taken place early this morning in spite of the fact that the app defaults to a search mode that excludes nude images, requiring the user to make specific changes in order to find them. 500px has adjusted the app to try to please Apple as a result.

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Apple receives petition to ban the NRA’s Practice Range app

Apple receives petition to ban the NRA’s Practice Range app

The NRA's Practice Range app has caused more than its fair share of controversy, with critics claiming that it is both inappropriate and insensitive. Originally, the game was rated for ages four and up, something that likewise stoked the embers into a flame of outrage and prompted a change to ages 12 and up. Now Apple has received a petition that seeks to have the game banned.

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Temple Run 2 reaches #1 in less than 12 hours

Temple Run 2 reaches #1 in less than 12 hours

It's now just about half a day since the follow-up to one of the most popular free games in the history of mobile devices has been released, and Temple Run 2 is already at the very top of the charts in the iTunes App Store. While it's not quite there yet in the Top Grossing category, it's right in at first place in the list of free apps on the market right this minute. That's beating out Google Maps, Ruzzle, and Angry Birds RIO (newly free as of today).

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